Manchester Parks and Recreation has opened the new Fitcore Extreme Obstacle Course at Riverview Park. 

The course was funded through a Tennessee Department of Health Diabetes Initiative Program grant. In all, Manchester received $450,000 in grants to develop a neighborhood park at the site. 

Also in the works is a year-round Farmers Market in the soccer park and a picnic shelter at Riverview. 

Manchester Parks negotiated a 25-year lease with Manchester City and Coffee County schools for use of the property. 

Requests for proposals were made by the Recreation Commission, who approved the course design submitted by Landscape Structures. 

The stated goal was to provide an active space for older youth and adults that would attract them to increase their physical activity level. 

The course, modeled on the American Ninja theme cost $200,000 for surfacing, installation and the equipment.  The entire cost was funded through the grant.  

The course involves a series of stations, all with pictorial instructions and written safety warnings. The obstacles are located on an energy absorbing surface, topped with soft Astroturf. 

Obstacles range from a cargo net climbs, both horizontal and vertical, a hangboard traverse, a rope climb and ground-based obstacles.    

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